Easy as 1,2,3 – Carpet Stains Removal Guide
Some people hesitate to consider carpeting their home due to worries about stains from spills or pet accidents. The choice of high quality, stain resistant carpet plus a little knowledge about stain removal should alleviate such worries.
Carpet and Padding That Resists Carpet Stains and Odor
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Carpeting fibers are typically made of nylon, olefin, polyester or wool. Nylon readily accepts treatments to reduce absorption of staining liquids, whereas wool cleans easily. Stainmaster™ Nylon 6,6, for example, repels liquids to prevent them soaking into the carpet pile and backing.
Quality padding increases the underfoot comfort of carpet, increases its durability and can keep liquids from penetrating into the sub-floor. The best padding makes stain cleanup more effective and reduces the possibility of odor or mildew.
Tips for Removing Carpet Stains
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When a spill occurs, resist the urge to rub or scrub out the stain. Scrubbing will damage the fiber, push the stain deeper and increase the difficulty of stain removal.
- Instead of rubbing, blot the stain by pressing on it with a clean cloth. Repeat this until most of the moisture is removed. Then, soak a clean cloth with warm water and ring it out. Use that to continue blotting out more of the stain.
- If the stain persists, try a solution of a quarter teaspoon of dish washing detergent to one cup of warm water. The addition of a small amount of vinegar may help. Let the solution soak in for about five minutes, rinse with warm water and continue blotting up the liquid as before. Finally, place several layers of paper towels on top of the stained area, weight them down and leave them overnight. Vacuum the area when it is dry.
Tips for the Most Common Carpet Stains
Follow the general instructions above for whatever stain you are trying to remove. Some additional steps may be required for specific stains:
- Coffee – Try using a spray bottle with a solution of dish soap, warm water and vinegar on the stain and blot. If the carpet fibers are polypropylene, then a dilute solution of warm water and bleach can be applied. Otherwise, purchase specific cleaning products made for this kind of stain.
- Blood – Time is of the essence with bloodstains. Use the general procedure as above, but use only cold water, not warm. A product such as Oxi-Clean diluted with cold water is often effective on bloodstains.
- Ink – Instead of water, use isopropyl alcohol to dampen your blotting cloth. If the stain persists, try hairspray or nail polish remover, but test these first on an unseen part of the carpet as they may damage the carpet fibers.
- Pets – Urine or stool stains in carpet should be blotted dry first. Mixtures of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide may remove the odour and stain, but special enzymatic products work best for removing the slightest trace of odour. Avoid using cleaning fluid that contains ammonia as this invites a repeat occurrence by the pet.
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